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  WELCOME FRIENDS  

               

                MY LOGS ARE UPLOADED TO LOTW DAILY                                                   SORRY No EQSL, LOTW does not accept EQSL confirmations at this time.

QSL INFORMATION: Please send me your QSL card for collecting and confirmation. USA & DX STATIONS! Your Card gets mine - 100% reply.   PLEASE NOTE - NO STAMP or MONEY - JUST YOUR CARD. THANK YOU. 73 Todd    


    North County San Diego, California USA.                           and BANGKOK, THAILAND

                                                                                       Klong (canal) near our Orchid Farm in Bangkok 


 CQ CQ: Enjoying HAM RADIO One Contact At A Time.

The Thrill Of Operating Amateur Radio In Today's Internet World. To me making new freinds around the world is a treasure.                     

       

      

                  

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 FAMILY STUFF

   

Erika (KM6HBB) operates on 10 meters       Erika 12 new technician 12/2016            My XYL (Nim) & I 

  

"Harmonics" my daughters Monique and Erika with their dad -my Grandfather and myself together. He's still working at 97.


THAILAND LIVING

The art of the protest. In Thailand, by colors; the red shirts and yellow shirts, then pink shirts and even the blue shirts all protested for their cause. 

 

A common site near our home in Bangkok                        Political Cartoon Bangkok. Look Familiar?

  

My XYL Nim and I at a rally in Bangkok.              Red Shirts - rally down Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

    

Shark Fin Restaurant in China Town Bangkok, Girls at a celebration- singing; and my XYL in China Town, for New Years. 

  

My friends at "DOI TUNG" Mae Fah Luang Foundation, a Royal organization that helps many people. The Doi Tung brand of coffee, and prepared foods, nuts and handicrafts are ubiquitious in Thailand. The chairmen M. R. Disnadda Diskul is a friend of the family. His vision has taken Doi Tung to international heights. 

  

The Thai Gang! in Costa Rica. What fun that was, as consultants for Commercial Orchid Farms. We'd head down there, see friends and basically make an excuse for work. The saying, "it is not what you know but who you know" is a true statement. My friends invited me along - always, to amazing places. 

   

A much younger me, first starting out working in Asia (circa 1990) and Nim my XYL posing as usual near a news truck.

   

Good Friends - a treasure of life. My wife with her friend at Lumpini Park, Bangkok. Sister Lek and Sittisak and I.

  

Khun Chai (M.R. Disnada Diskul and I)  At Won Sapatum Palace, for a meeting with Sittisak. 

   

Thailand Life: Squid Boat that also sales popcorn. Thai New Year Dance and celebration. White powder to feel cool in the hot heat. April is Thai New Year and 40 to 41 C and humid. The Thai New Year is fun, with lots of water splashing.


                              FLYING

BOTH A CHALLENGE AND FUN

                 

               Above video: Landing (TOA) Torrance Airport Los Angeles Airspace. 

 

I consider myself lucky to have had the good fortune to learn how to fly. I learned in San Diego and Los Angeles airspace primarily. After earning my private, I kept taking lessons - the Instrument had to be the toughest, the commercial the most fun and the twin engine rating; thrilling! Above left flying over Sadona Arizona in a Piper Dakota. Right, landing Lindburg International airport with my pal Mike Stasio a Captain with United Airlines. He certainly kept me stright that day, LOL.

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MOMO 

Our Humble RV

 For Summertime and a bit of wintertime fun.

Momo is a 2016 Winnebago Itasca Sunstar. 37 feet long, 57 with the Jeep in tow. Three Slide outs, two bathrooms and sleeps 9 people if needed. Kids have their own bunks, with privacy curtains and TVs. The Jeep is a 4x4 with a hidden tow package, that includes it's own breaking system. I have a two meter ham radio, CB radio and Homepatrol II scanner. Looking to install HF soon. She's fun to tour the country in, so far we have been to 27 States. 

                           

 Home Patrol II Scanner, Kenwood 2 Meter, CB Radios            Camping for the night in Central California.

 


   

 MY wonderful NIM a very loved, XYL. Blessed, I truly am.

      

Nim preps MOMO for another trip.              Nim keeps sharp            Wine time in Momo

                        

                             A farm in Soda Springs, Idaho                  The drive up to Mt. Rushmore - entrance. What a place!!! 

                                       

                                         Nim near the Missouri River. Bismark ND is great to tour to.

      

                        You guessed it. The GRAND CANYON Arizona USA. My first look at it - this picture. 


  IRISH OAKS  HORSE RANCH

        W6ADF        QTHOur family Horse Ranch 

                  BROADCAST LOCATION:  DM13lg

North San Diego - Located in Southern California in the United States of America.

 My parents bought this ranch in 1980 and have raised a lot of race horses here that have gone on to success at various race tracks around the country. 

 

                                

                     

  

                                    

                                        OUR CALIFORNIA QTH in Valley Center CALIFORNIA. Irish Oaks Ranch

                                                    

                                                                    Erika with Poncho and Spencer.


 

Chao Praya River BANGKOK THAILAND                               Puket Thailand

               

            Group of Kids Posing in Bangkok                Political Poster, Bangkok Thailand in Thailand)

        

               CHESTNUTS ( A common snack in Thailand)                  I like this train - crossing sign.

   

US Embassy Lable Wine     Resistance Fighter                              A block from my house: Protest

         

         CHINA in the 90s                                                   Some of my Staff at lunch, Bangkok

                                           

                             Arinal Volcano  COSTA RICA.  I stayed in an Inn nearby, could hear it errupting all night long. It has a                                            low boom - rumble when it erupts. Locals say it is active all year long. Obviously small erruptions; but                                           it did have my concern.

                      

                         XYL NIm - Cooking for a crowd, at home in her village in north Thailand near BURMA

            

             ANOTHER PROTEST near my Office on Silom Road, Bangkok Thailand

                               

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • Since 2004 Board of Directors - Renew Biocare, Company Ltd. Bangkok, Thailand (A Dental Implant Manufacturer) served as Managing Director for the Thailand regional office 2006 to 2011
  • Since 1990 Commercial Orchid Growing (world exporter & regional distributor) Thailand. On the American side; Since 1990 began Pacific Orchid, Inc. A commercial Orchid grower and distributor, San Diego CA that distributed high volume finished orchids for the wholesale trade. 
  •  1995- 2011 Board of Directors Thai Orchid Network, Co. Ltd. SHARE HOLDER & SALES 
    • Hobbies and Inerest - Photography, Travel, Language, History, RVing and flying airplanes, the list goes on. 

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My favorite time of day                         Called a Klong (canal) this one is next to my friend's house               Normal day - Orchid Farming w/ dear friend Sittisak

                       

                                     A lunch with my staff. Good days, good fun!                         Resistance fighters, the KNU deep in Burma Jungle

        

         Thai New Year, Sungkran. Always a blast.                           Taiwan Orchid Farm with my friend, Michael Hsu (owner)          Can you spot the Ham radio operator?

      

A casual Friday at Renew Biocare, on Silom Rd. Bangkok Thailand         W6ADF  Harmonics, Erika and Monique                         Monique at the shooting range. 

Thai Motorhome                                       

THAI MOTORHOME  Surin Thailand              Cousin Randy Larsen AA6GV  and me                                                Antenna Project  @ QTH DM13

 

           

                                                 A normal site in Northern Thailand.

    

A jungle in Southern Thailand                                        Chao Praya River Bangkok Thailand                                        Irish Oaks Ranch, Valley Center CA

                       

                       Made in Singapore is a favorite                          A - proud - smoke in the jungle's of North West Thailand

      

          My Pal Sittisak in Bangkok                                      Gordon "Gordo" West WB6NOA             Lovely photo of my grandparents  Bill & Evi                                       

          

                      Christmas in Bangkok - Orchid Tower Soi 8 Sukhumvit Road                         Itawan Area of Seoul Korea 

                

                  Erawan Shrine - Site of 2015 Bombing in Bangkok                           Palomar Observatory  6000' plus up the nearby mountains from W6ADF                                        

                           

                        Art work on a temple in Taiwan                                             Banks Family in Chicago 

                         

                                                     A Buddist Temple in South Taiwan                                      Erika. Shooting range, San Antonio Texas

                               

                              Bad translation of a polite Thai "Men's Room"             Our Niece Alex, Nim (XYL) and her sis, Lek in Burma

                           

                                   Erika and Monique Banks, "The Alamo"                         Sukhumvit Road, Soi 8, Downtown Bangkok Red Shirt Protest

                                               

                                                                 Sisters. Which is which?  LEK and Nim (XYL)

 

                                                              

                                                                    Ubiquitous COKE sign, as seen in Thailand

                                                             

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THE BELOVED KING OF THAILAND  RAMA 9  King Bumipold         KING Bumipol back in th 60s



           



Welcome to the bottome of the page:

For long-time Hams:

    It is a pleasure to speak to you, learn from you and listen to you on the air. Thanks for sharing your wonderful hobby with newcomers, it means a lot to us to feel welcomed. 

To the new Hams:     

There is an endless well of knowledge from On-the-air Elmer's, eager to pass on their arcane skillset, all you have to be - is willing to learn.”  

 

Ham Radio is undoubtedly fun, the people on it are interesting and most want to have meaningful conversations (ragchew) with you.

 

Cheers and 73,

 

Todd Banks

W6ADF

  

       

  

 

 

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